William Strong

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William Strong
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: February 18, 1870 – December 14, 1880
Nominator Ulysses S. Grant
Predecessor Robert C. Grier
Successor William B. Woods
Former U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District
From: March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1851
Predecessor John Ritter
Successor Jehu Glancy Jones
Party Democrat (1840s)
later, Republican
Religion Presbyterian

William Strong (May 6, 1808 – August 19, 1895) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated to the Court by Ulysses Grant along with Joseph Bradley specifically because Grant wanted the Legal Tender Act to be upheld as constitutional, which would reverse an earlier Court decision; Knox v. Lee would grant Grant's wish.[1][2] Strong was an advocate of a constitutional amendment declaring the United States a Christian nation.[1] In Strauder v. West Virginia, Strong wrote the majority opinion for a Court that ruled that allowing only white males to serve as jurors violated the Equal Protection Clause.[2] After retiring in good health (as an example to other justices[3]), Strong led the NRA.[2]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 William Strong (English). law.jrank.
  3. William Strong (English). Oyez. Chicago-Kent School of Law.